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Cinco de Mayo in North Seattle, 2012

Have you ever actually listened to the lyrics of “My Girl” and wondered exactly what they were thinking?  “When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.”  Except, May is usually still fairly cold, and pretty rainy – just look outside right now.  The Temptations must have never been to the Pacific Northwest.

Temperature aside, May is here, and for those who celebrate it, Cinco de Mayo actually falls on a Saturday this year (meaning you can avoid calling in sick to work the next day).  If you’re celebrating the 5th of May, North Seattle Sarah has you covered with some of the best parties in town.

First off, Tacos Guaymas is having their annual Cinco Party in Green Lake.  If you haven’t checked this out, it’s a pretty packed outdoor event and probably the largest Cinco de Mayo party in north Seattle.  Live DJ, Sauza Girls, and a mariachi band are just a few of the fun things you can expect at Tacos Guaymas, with several thousand people anticipated to attend each year.

Down in Fremont, celebrate the evening with live music at Nectar.  The Yogoman Burning Band plays at 8pm, and tickets are $7.

At COA Mexican Eatery (7919 Roosevelt Way NE), enjoy $5 AHA Toro Margaritas, plus $2 street tacos and a $100 giveaway.  They’ll also have pinatas and a bouncy house from 12pm to 3pm.

Other venues that typically run specials for Cinco de Mayo include The Matador in Ballard and El Chupacabra in Phinney Ridge.  Remember to please stay safe on Cinco-de-Drinko and either hoof it locally or call a cab – those margaritas can be mighty strong.  Enjoy!

Cinco de Mayo in north Seattle: Where to go

Despite heavy rain, cloudy days, and some of the lowest temperatures on record, its spring in north Seattle.  I know it because I see cherry blossoms and tulips everywhere while I’m shivering in my hooded jacket.  And spring means Cinco de Mayo, a celebration that most of us only know of as a day to drink tequila and Coronas (it actually celebrates Mexico’s defeat over France in 1868, and as a born Brit I’ll celebrate anything to do with defeating France). 

So, where do you celebrate? I took the guess-work out of it for you and narrowed it down to four recommendations:

The obvious choice is the Green Lake Tacos Guaymas at 6806 East Green Lake Way N.  They’re holding their 10th Annual block party celebration which closes down part of the road from 12pm to 2am.  There will be plenty of live music and DJs spinning, the Sauza Girls, and contests and prizes.  Plus, of course, a full margarita bar.  Organizers expect over 3,000 people to attend.

A little ways up the street in Tangletown, find a Cinco celebration at Bandolero (2253 N 56th Street) starting at 12pm.  There will be Dos Equis and Aha Toro “representatives”, drink specials, the Aha Toro ice luge, and…wait for it…the beer garden will be open!

Over at The Matador in Ballard, Cinco do Mayo kicks off at 11am.  You’ll find music, happy hour specials, and over 100 tequilas.  Don’t drink them all at once!

In Phinney Ridge, stop into El Chupacabra  at 6711 Greenwood Ave N to enjoy some fun beer and margarita specials.  And here’s a bonus for those outside of north Seattle: El Chupacabra just opened their second location along Alki in West Seattle.